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7 killed in Mumbai fire
Mumbai, November 11
Seven persons, including children, were killed while 25 others sustained severe burn injuries in a major fire that broke out at the Dhyaneshwar Nagar slums at Bandra in north-west Mumbai today.


A fire rages in a slum area in Mumbai on Sunday. — Reuters photo
A fire rages in a slum in Mumbai on Sunday.

5 girls declared ‘dead’ found alive by CBI
New Delhi, November 11
In a serious reflection on police investigations, the CBI has found alive five girls declared “dead” by the Uttar Pradesh police.

CBI man in France for extradition of scamster
New Delhi, November 11
The CBI has sent an official to France regarding the extradition proceedings of MVR Group Chairman M. Varadarajalu, who is one of the main accused in the Rs 1300-crore Indian Bank scam.

14 labourers die in truck mishap
Nasik, November 11
Fourteen sugarcane labourers, including nine children, were killed on the spot and 26 persons, injured, six of them seriously, when their truck overturned and fell into the deep valley at Charanmal Ghat at Navapur tehsil in Nandurbar district on the Navapur-Pimpalner road yesterday.

A member of a naval band performing at India Gate A member of a naval band performs at India Gate in New Delhi on Sunday as a warm-up session before the Indian Navy celebrates Navy Week in December. — PTI photo

Idols stolen from Jagannath Temple
Puri, November 11
Close on the heels of the burglary at the 11th century Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar a week ago, miscreants stole two idols, including that of Lord Madan Mohan, from Sri Jagannath Temple here early today, the police said.



A potter makes a clay lamp
A potter makes a "diya," or clay lamp, using a wheel in Mumbai, on Sunday, ahead of Divali, which will be celebrated on November 14. 
— Reuters

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Flesh trade suspects freed under political pressure
Patna, November 10
In a police raid on two men’s body massage parlours in the city’s posh Boring Road locality on Thursday, a flesh trade racket was busted. The DSP, Mr Rakesh Dubey, who led the raids, said four teenaged girls and 13 men, including a top official of a multinational company, were arrested.

40 hurt in violence over cow slaughter
Jaipur, November 11
Forty persons, including 25 policemen, were injured today as arson and violence marred BJP activists’ protest against cow slaughter at a village near here prompting the police to open fire, the police said.

President addresses function on Azad
New Delhi, November 11
President K.R. Narayanan today decried attempts by some people to project the war against terrorism as a clash of civilisation and warned that spread of religious fundamentalism and cult of intolerance had become the most important stumbling blocks in the march towards progress.

Don’t politicise Ayodhya: Paswan
Lucknow, November 11
Union Coal and Mines Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan said all parties concerned with the Ayodhya Temple issue should wait for the court’s verdict rather than “politicising’’ it through different acts.

 

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Raju—a reformed criminal—turns a new leaf in his life by serving the destitute and homeless.

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Vadilal Industries, a major ice-cream maker, has broken its own record by creating India's largest ice-cream sundae on a single day.

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Statues of 3rd century BC King Ashoka excavated from a site in Bhubneswar.

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7 killed in Mumbai fire

Mumbai, November 11
Seven persons, including children, were killed while 25 others sustained severe burn injuries in a major fire that broke out at the Dhyaneshwar Nagar slums at Bandra in north-west Mumbai today.

Fire brigade officials confirmed that seven persons were charred to death in the incident of fire, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained. Around 600 to 700 jhuggis in that area located between government colonies and the Bandra-Kurla complex were gutted in the fire.

The officials said the fire had been brought under control and currently cooling operations were in progress. The entire area had been evacuated by over 200 firemen involved in rescue operations and the Mumbai police. Senior police and fire brigade officials have rushed to the site. The fire started at 11.28 am. Twelve fire tenders, two water tankers, five to six ambulances, one mobile operation theatre were rushed to the spot and the fire could only be contained after over three hours.

Senior Congress leader and Congress MP Sunil Dutt was among the first to reach the site and urged the authorities to provide urgent relief to those affected. The Suburban Collector has opened a temporary office there to help those affected in the fire. UNI
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5 girls declared ‘dead’ found alive by CBI

New Delhi, November 11
In a serious reflection on police investigations, the CBI has found alive five girls declared “dead” by the Uttar Pradesh police.

The Uttar Pradesh police had registered a case under Section 302 against seven persons, including the caretaker of a Nari Niketan at Varanasi, for their alleged involvement in a sex racket and murder of five inmates there.

However, the Uttar Pradesh Government asked the CBI to probe the matter and the agency found alive all five girls — Neelam, Poonam, Jyoti, Soni and an unnamed girl — who were declared murdered in June, 2000, by the police, agency sources said.

The CBI said its team had recorded the statement of all five girls and also photographed them which would be produced in the designated court soon.

The state police had alleged that Neelam had been burnt to death, Poonam and Jyoti were hanged, Soni’s throat was slit and the unnamed girl was choked to death.

The state police had not even cared to verify the statement of the complaint as to whether the five had actually been killed.

The FIR, which was filed in the designated CBI court at Varanasi, alleged that the caretaker of the Nari Niketan at Shiv Pora had entered into a conspiracy for “supplying” girls, who were the inmates at the Nari Niketan.

However, during investigations the CBI found that the entire case to be concocted with “mala fide” intentions and that the state police had not made a proper investigation. PTITop

 

CBI man in France for extradition of scamster
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
The CBI has sent an official to France regarding the extradition proceedings of MVR Group Chairman M. Varadarajalu, who is one of the main accused in the Rs 1300-crore Indian Bank scam.

CBI officials said that the French authorities were “satisfied” with the extradition papers sent by the investigative agency after Varadarajalu was arrested in the suburbs of Paris.

The CBI had sent an extradition request for Varadarajalu, alias MVR, to the French authorities where his bail application was recently rejected by a local court. The accused, belonging to Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu, had been staying in France under the assumed name of Louis Jalu. He had managed to get a French passport in March, 2001.

Varadarajalu (60) had fled the country immediately after the scam came into light. The CBI has registered 13 cases against him which involved his 15 Indian companies and three companies of Singapore.

In the absence of any extradition treaty with France, the CBI had sent papers for his extradition through the diplomatic channel. The agency had secured a “red corner” notice against him in 1998 and his passport had been cancelled.

He was arrested in the suburbs of Paris and a French magistrate sent him to detention pending a request from the Indian authorities for his extradition.Top

 

14 labourers die in truck mishap

Nasik, November 11
Fourteen sugarcane labourers, including nine children, were killed on the spot and 26 persons, injured, six of them seriously, when their truck overturned and fell into the deep valley at Charanmal Ghat at Navapur tehsil in Nandurbar district on the Navapur-Pimpalner road yesterday.

According to the police, the ill-fated truck with 40 sugarcane labourers, including their children, was on its way to the Maroli sugar factory in Gujarat. The driver lost control when the truck approached Charanmal Ghat and fell into the 15 feet-deep valley. The police said that of the 14 dead persons, nine were residents of Muldongri village in Nandgaon tehsil in Nasik district while five hailed from Mordastanda in Dhule district. UNITop

 

Idols stolen from Jagannath Temple

Puri, November 11
Close on the heels of the burglary at the 11th century Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar a week ago, miscreants stole two idols, including that of Lord Madan Mohan, from Sri Jagannath Temple here early today, the police said.

The two-feet high ‘ashtadhatu’ (eight metals) idol, regarded as the representative of Lord Jagannath, was found missing when “sevayats” came to open the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine at dawn today. The silver idol of Narayani — considered the deity of the new moon day — was also untraceable, temple administration sources said.

The “ratna bhandar” of the temple, where of precious jewellery and ornaments of deities were kept, was found to be safe. The police, however, described the act as an attempt to rob the “ratna bhandar”, which had failed.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Revenue and Law Minister Biswabhushan Harichandan and senior police officials have rushed here from Bhubaneswar to take stock of the situation.

The Temple Administrator, Bhabani Shankar Panda, said the lock on a side entrance of the sanctum sanctorum, inside which the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are kept on the ‘ratna simhasan’, had been found broken. PTITop

 

Flesh trade suspects freed under political pressure
Our Correspondent

Patna, November 10
In a police raid on two men’s body massage parlours in the city’s posh Boring Road locality on Thursday, a flesh trade racket was busted. The DSP, Mr Rakesh Dubey, who led the raids, said four teenaged girls and 13 men, including a top official of a multinational company, were arrested. The raid followed a tip-off about the flesh trade being carried on at the two parlours under the guise of massage and beauty treatment. The MNC official was caught in a “compromising position” with one of the girls, the police added.

The police also seized a diary containing a long list of the parlours’ “political clients”. The Krishna Puri police station was flooded with phone calls from politicians asking the young police officer to release the owner of the parlours without taking the matter to the court. A large number of Khadi-clad lieutenants of the politicians could be seen at the police station. The culprits were later released bowing to the political pressure.

The diary seized by the police is reported to contain the numbers and names of some distinguished politicians and traders here. It was an open secret for the locals that these parlours were the flesh trade centres for the rich and famous who could not afford to be seen at the identified red-light areas.

The local media had, time and again, written about these parlours but owing to the political patronage enjoyed by the owners, the police could not lay hands on them.Top

 

40 hurt in violence over cow slaughter

Jaipur, November 11
Forty persons, including 25 policemen, were injured today as arson and violence marred BJP activists’ protest against cow slaughter at a village near here prompting the police to open fire, the police said.

Angry protestors gheraoed a police station, attended it with stones, set ablaze two jeeps and a roadways bus in Baroda-Meo village after a cow was found axed to death and its flesh pieces seen near a place of worship, they said.

The police lathi-charged the protestors and fired in the air to disperse them, Inspector General Police (Law and Order) A.K. Jain said, adding that no one was injured in the firing.

Prohibitory orders have been promulgated and one company of Rajasthan Armed Constabulary deployed.Top

 

President addresses function on Azad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 11
President K.R. Narayanan today decried attempts by some people to project the war against terrorism as a clash of civilisation and warned that spread of religious fundamentalism and cult of intolerance had become the most important stumbling blocks in the march towards progress.

Addressing a function on the occasion of the 113th birth anniversary of freedom fighter and renowned educationist Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the President recalled what Azad had said over 50 years back.

“I would like to refer to the so-called opposition between East and West, or between different races and cultures. Most accounts of such conflicts seem in any case, to be based on misunderstanding of facts”, he said.

Meanwhile, various leaders paid tributes to Azad on his birth anniversary.

Home Minister L.K. Advani, Union Ministers Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Vijay Goel, Dr Satyanarayan Jatiya and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker P.M. Sayeed were among a host of dignitaries who paid floral tributes at the portrait of Maulana Azad in the Central Hall of Parliament. A booklet containing the profile of Maulana Azad was brought out by the Lok Sabha Secretariat on the occasion.Top

 

Don’t politicise Ayodhya: Paswan

Lucknow, November 11
Union Coal and Mines Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan said all parties concerned with the Ayodhya Temple issue should wait for the court’s verdict rather than “politicising’’ it through different acts.

Addressing a well-attended rally to launch the LJP’s assembly poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh here today, Mr Paswan, without taking names of any political party and organisation, said the parties should shun “objectionable’’ actions before the court verdict was pronounced. UNI
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NATIONAL BRIEFS

VOTING RIGHTS FOR SEX WORKERS SOUGHT
NEW DELHI:
The Bharatiya Patita Uddhar Sabha (BPUS) has called for a special drive to enlist the sex workers and their children in the country’s electoral rolls. BPUS president Khairati Lal Bhola in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyndoh said despite repeated requests of the organisation during the last decade, 23,85,00 sex workers and their children had remained defranchised. UNI

SELF-IMMOLATION BID BY 4 VENDORS
TIRUCHIRAPALLI:
Protesting against the authorities insistence to close their business, four road-side vendors attempted self-immolation in the city on Sunday. The young traders, owing allegiance to the local Pavement Retail Traders Association, Ashok, K. Ganesan, S. Ganesan and Palanisamy, were admitted to a private hospital with burns after they set themselves afire at the busy mainguard gate area, the police said. UNI

3 COPS SUSPENDED FOR CUSTODIAL DEATH
BALASORE:
Three policemen, including the officer-in-charge of the Singla police station in Balasore district, have been suspended in connection with the death of a person inside the police lock-up, official sources said. Chandan Murmu of Pathadurga village, who had been brought to the police station in connection with the theft of a two-wheeler, was found hanging inside the lock-up on Saturday. PTI

JHARKHAND MINISTER SAMRESH RESIGNS
RANCHI:
Jharkhand Science and Technology Minister Samresh Singh resigned from the Babu Lal Marandi government on Saturday. He has resigned in protest against what he described as “impotency’’ of the government to tame its officials and thus obstructing Jharkhand’s development. The minister said he had sent his resignation directly to the Chief Minister on Saturday. However, the Chief Minister’s office here has denied receiving Mr Samresh Singh’s resignation. UNI

TN TRANSPORT STAFF STRIKE CONTINUES
CHENNAI:
Bus services in Tamil Nadu remained disrupted, as the strike by the transport employees demanding higher bonus entered its second day on Sunday. The Metropolitan Transport Corporation here pressed into service 377 buses as against its fleet strength of 1,479. It hired 170 drivers and 130 conductors on a daily-wage basis to maintain the service. The police arrested more than 200 transport employees. UNI

1.15 LAKH CASES SETTLED
MATHURA:
A record 1.15 lakh cases have been settled through — 10 lok adalats during the current financial year in Uttar Pradesh, the Secretary of the UP State Legal Aid Authority, Mr V.K. Dixit said here on Sunday. Speaking at a ‘legal literacy camp’, Mr Dixit said legal aid cells had been established in every district to facilitate the poor litigants solve their disputes. PTI

SEARCH ON FOR LANDSLIP VICTIMS
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:
Search operations by the fire force, Army and the police are still on at the site of yesterday’s massive landslide at Amboori, near here, which claimed 38 lives, the police sources said on Sunday. Two more persons were still feared to be trapped inside the rubble. The state government, on Saturday announced an immediate relief of Rs 50,000 for the kin of adult victims, Rs 15,000 to the relative of each child killed and Rs 25,000 to those whose property was damaged. PTI
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